Just a few days after being hired by Michigan As assistant director of football recruiting, Glenn “Shemy” Schembechler, son of legendary Wolverines coach Bo Schembechler, has resigned from his position. The departure comes amid the discovery of a large amount of objectionable and racist content on social media that is liked by his Twitter account.
The liked tweets, publicly available to view, were compiled over a period of years. Apparently hundreds or thousands of those tweets were rejected on Friday night before the Twitter account was finally deactivated on Saturday.
“We are aware of some comments and likes on social media that have caused concern and pain to people in our community. Michigan Athletics is fully committed to a place where our coaches, staff, and student-athletes feel welcome and where we fully support University … and the Athletic Department’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion,” athletic director Warde Manuel and coach Jim Harbaugh said in a statement released Saturday.
Harbaugh’s affection for Bo Schembechler, his former trainer and mentor, is well known. Shemy’s hiring was viewed with curiosity from the start, seen by many as a move only because of the personal connection between the families.
The younger Schembechler played for the Wolverines and began his career off the field with the program as a graduate assistant in 1993. However, he spent most of his post-game career working in a scouting role at various nfl franchises, most recently the Las Vegas Raiders, which parted ways with him in January.
Bo Schembechler spent 21 seasons as Michigan’s coach (1969-89), racking up 194 wins and capturing 13 Big Ten titles. He was named Big Ten Coach of the Year six times and finished his career with a 234-65-8 coaching record between his time at Michigan and his first job from 1963-68 at his alma mater in Michigan. Miami (Ohio). Schembechler served as Michigan’s athletic director in the latter years of his tenure as coach, holding that position from 1988 to 1990 before being named to the college football Hall of Fame in 1993. He died in 2006 at age 77.
Michigan enters the 2023 season seeking its third straight Big Ten championship and its berth in the College Football Playoffs. The Wolverines haven’t won the Big Ten in three straight years since capturing five straight league titles from 1988-1992, a streak that began with Schembechler and continued with former Wolverines coach Gary Moeller taking over as head coach. in 1990.